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AdvaMed Statement on Confirmation of Brooks-LaSure to Lead CMS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – AdvaMed, the world’s largest trade organization representing medical technology manufacturers, released the following statement from President and CEO Scott Whitaker upon Chiquita Brooks-LaSure’s confirmation by the Senate as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS):

“We congratulate Administrator Brooks-LaSure on her historic confirmation to a position of such importance to the patients our industry serves. We look forward to working with Ms. Brooks-LaSure and her team at CMS to advance policies that would help low-income Medicaid beneficiaries and seniors under Medicare to gain greater access to the lifesaving medical technologies our industry creates.”

Whitaker said the following when she was first nominated:

“We congratulate Chiquita Brooks-LaSure on her nomination to lead CMS and we look forward to working closely with her if confirmed by the Senate. Her strong experience at both HHS and CMS has prepared her well for this important role. CMS oversees federal health care policy that affects more than 150 million Americans—policy that often sets the tone and standard for the rest of Americans on private insurance. Recent bipartisan rules released by CMS, such as the MCIT rule, will save and improve countless seniors’ lives by giving them access to life-saving technologies they otherwise wouldn’t be able to access. Likewise, recent changes to the 1970s-era Anti-Kickback Statute moved us away from the outdated fee-for-service model and closer to the value-based care that has such widespread bipartisan support. We look forward to working with the next CMS Administrator and her team as they implement these patient-focused rules, as well as to working with them on other smart policies that would improve the lives of so many patients across the country.”

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 AdvaMed member companies produce the medical devices, diagnostic products and health information systems that are transforming health care through earlier disease detection, less invasive procedures and more effective treatments. AdvaMed members range from the largest to the smallest medical technology innovators and companies. For more information, visit www.advamed.org.